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Who can become a Freemason?  Our fraternity has a wonderful history, which dates back more than three centuries. It is one of the world's oldest secular fraternities, a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Founded on the three great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, it aims to bring together men of goodwill, regardless of background and differences.  People might think that to become a Freemason is quite difficult. It's actually straightforward.  The essential qualification for admission is that you have a belief in a Supreme Being. Membership is open to men of all faiths and is not restricted to any one religion. It is usual for candidates to be "mature men of 21 years and over", but in some circumstances candidates between the ages of 18 and 21 can be admitted. Freemasons are required to obey the law and be good citizens. Suitable candidates must be nominated by a proposer and seconder, interviewed by senior members of the lodge and then accepted by the lodge members.  What will I get out of Freemasonry? Freemasonry means different things to each of its members. For some it is learning about the history of this ancient fraternity, for others it is taking part in the ceremonies while, for most, it is the camaraderie enjoyed by a group of like-minded people. Freemasonry offers opportunities to develop your skills, for example in public-speaking, and to grow your self- confidence. You will:- · Meet some nice people from very different walks of life, · Have the opportunity to progress through different roles in the lodge, · Have the satisfaction of helping others less fortunate than yourself. You will not:- · Gain preferment in your career. · Increase your business. · Make any more money. As a result of your membership of Freemasonry The old adage of "what you get out depends on how much you put in" is never more true than in Freemasonry. Suggested Steps If this site has aroused your interest in Freemasonry in general or this, The Royal Navy 429 Lodge in particular, please contact the Secretary detailed on the Royal Navy Meetings page. The Kent Museum of Freemasonry in Canterbury gives non-members a useful introduction to the fraternity and is well worth a visit. For more information please visit: http://members.eastkentfreemasons.org/museum.html If you are outside the area, but still interested in becoming a Freemason, we advise that you first talk to a family member, friend or colleague whom you already know to be a Freemason. They will be able to explain to you what they can about the fraternity and help you find a suitable lodge.  If you don't know anyone at all who is a member, then please visit www.JustAskOne.org where you can complete an enquiry form and you will be contacted by an experienced member who will be able to advise you.
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Who can become a Freemason?  Our fraternity has a wonderful history, which dates back more than three centuries. It is one of the world's oldest secular fraternities, a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Founded on the three great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, it aims to bring together men of goodwill, regardless of background and differences.  People might think that to become a Freemason is quite difficult. It's actually straightforward. The essential qualification for admission is that you have a belief in a Supreme Being. Membership is open to men of all faiths and is not restricted to any one religion. It is usual for candidates to be "mature men of 21 years and over", but in  Freemasons are required to obey the law and be good citizens. Suitable candidates must be nominated by a proposer and seconder, interviewed What will I get out of Freemasonry? Freemasonry means different things to each of its members. For some it is learning about the history of this ancient fraternity, for others it is taking part in the ceremonies while, for most, it is the camaraderie enjoyed by a group of like-minded people. Freemasonry offers opportunities to develop your skills, for example in public-speaking, and to grow your self- confidence. You will:- · Meet some nice people from very different walks of life, · Have the opportunity to progress through different roles in · Have the satisfaction of helping others less fortunate than You will not:- · Gain preferment in your career. · Increase your business. · Make any more money. As a result of your membership of Freemasonry The old adage of "what you get out depends on how much you put in" is never Suggested Steps If this site has aroused your interest in Freemasonry in general or this, The The Kent Museum of Freemasonry in Canterbury gives non-members a useful introduction to the fraternity and is well worth a visit. For more information please visit: http://members.eastkentfreemasons.org/museum.html If you are outside the area, but still interested in becoming a Freemason, we advise that you first talk to a family member, friend or colleague whom you already know to be a Freemason. They will be able to explain to you what they can about the fraternity and help you find a suitable lodge. If you don't know anyone at all who is a member, then please visit www.JustAskOne.org member who will be able to advise you.